Fantastic Four self destructs as Mission Impossible repeats

  1. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – $29.4 million [2nd week; $109.5 million] Great word of mouth and a weak new arrival allowed Tom Cruise’s latest to enjoy a second stint atop the box office.

fantastic-four-2015-wallpaper-movie-poster-thing-human-torch-mr-fantastic-invisible-woman2. Fantastic Four– $26 million [debut week] I rarely root for films to fail so spectacularly at the box office, but Fox clearly has no interest in making a good Fantastic Four franchise only churning this waste of time out to keep the license from reverting to Marvel Studios.

The weak opening was half of what the  first film ($56 million) and its sequel “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” ($58 million) did in 2005 and 2007 respectively. 

This showing is worse than other comic films like “V for Vendetta” ($29 million), “2 Guns” ($27 million) and “Hercules” ($29 million). None of those are anywhere close to being the household names in the comic book genre and certainly none with the Marvel banner. 

The awful FF performance also ended the streak of Marvel films opening at No. 1 at 12. This is the lowest Marvel debut since 2012 when “Ghost Rider: The Spirit of Vengeanceā€ opened with $22.1 million.

With its $120 million budget, this is going to be a major bomb for Fox and maybe it’ll be enough for the studio to start working out an arrangement with Marvel Studios. We can only hope.

3. The Gift – $12 million [debut week] On the flip side, the Joel Edgerton psychological thriller received fantastic reviews and did a better than expected. With a $5 million budget, this one is already a hit for distributor STX.

4. Vacation – $9 million [3rd week; $37.3 million] The sole comedy option is slowly making its way to $50 million where it looks like it will top out.

5. Ant-Man – $7.8 million [4th week; $147 million] Marvel Studios’ latest ironically will likely enjoy a much longer stint on the box office Top 10 than Fantastic Four.